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New Year, Fresh Goals

January 11, 2024
By Chantal Nelson

Press On! As a new year begins, I cannot help but become reflective over the past year’s triumphs and losses, joys and hurts, while I hopefully face another year. I don’t know about you but I tend to set many hopeful goals for each new year, seeking to improve whatever I found lacking the year before. There is nothing wrong with goal-setting; actually, setting goals is motivating.

However, we should never lose sight of the ultimate goal. I was recently reminded of a song we used to sing at my church years ago. It reminds us to keep our focus on our collective true goal of meeting our Savior face to face one day. Whether you are hopefully starting a new year, trudging through the middle of a year, or barely surviving the end of one, it’s important to remember that God is the One who started a good work in you and is the One working through you. Set goals, remembering that God brings the increase. Press on, knowing that God’s grace is sufficient. Always look forward to the day when you will see your Savior face to face – knowing Him is our glory, our all.

Tags: holiday, wisdom

Easter Week: Easter Sunday

April 08, 2023
By Andrew Snavely

   Despite the praise of the crowds on Palm Sunday, Jesus knew the enthusiasm would fade. His mission was greater than just deliverance from political oppression by pagan Romans. He had a higher calling than merely healing disease or providing free food. He was sent by the Father, appointed as Messiah, to save His people from an even greater, even deeper enemy: their sins (Matthew 1:21).
  Such salvation would require the deepest level of commitment and endurance. He must live a righteous, sin-free life. He must be condemned to die a bloody cross-death. And there, suspended between earth and heaven as a divine lightning rod, He must take on the sins of humanity (1 Peter 2:24) so He could then absorb the righteous anger of the holy God on sin.
  But the salvation wouldn't be complete unless the Son of God must rise from the dead. His body wouldn't decay but would be resurrected with new life from the Father. Now, ascended to the Father and having granted His Spirit to empower His followers, Jesus Christ will soon appear to claim full rights over heaven and earth.
May you delight in the tragedy and glory of this Easter weekend. May you be embarrassed by the grave effects of your sin and the extent to which Jesus must suffer. And may you be astounded by His infinite love and absolute commitment to providing you ultimate salvation. Happy Easter! He is risen!

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